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I Love You And I Don't Care Who on Facebook Knows It


Sep 11 2013
Guidelines for PDA in the digital age.
I Love You And I Don't Care Who on Facebook Knows It
Axelph / Flickr

We all know a Facebook cynic. Maybe you've even been a Facebook cynic. If you're not in a relationship, you might hate reading the statuses on Valentine's Day or anniversaries; if you are childless you might be tired of seeing friends post about ...

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The Overlooked Ethics of Reproduction


Sep 6 2013
Why don't Christians see IVF and surrogacy as moral issues?
The Overlooked Ethics of Reproduction
Tatiana Vdb / Flickr

A recent Pew Research study found Americans largely do not see in vitro fertilization as a moral issue. Adults across religious traditions, including evangelicals, are more likely to say IVF "is not a moral issue" than they are to take a position ...

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Boobs on the Boob Tube


Sep 3 2013
Television done right can promote a fuller view of our bodies.
Boobs on the Boob Tube
luvsdiapers / YouTube

My youngest son pointed at the TV. "That baby's 'doing the doo,'" he said, invoking the phrase he used for breastfeeding in his toddler years.

When I looked up at the TV, sure enough, there was a breastfeeding mama with her baby "doing ...

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Minding the Thigh Gap


Sep 2 2013
As digital "thinspiration" fuels our culture's body obsession, the church can offer help.
Minding the Thigh Gap
lululemon athletica / Flickr

The latest teen body obsession, pictured repeatedly on blogs, Pinterest, and Tumbr pages, focuses in on the shape of a woman's legs, and more specifically, the space between her thighs. Their headlines champion the thigh gap as sought-after and aspirational ...

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How the Seeker-Sensitive, Consumer Church Is Failing a Generation


Aug 30 2013
We don’t need gimmicks; we need the gospel.
How the Seeker-Sensitive, Consumer Church Is Failing a Generation
Acoustic Dimensions / Flickr

The millennial generation's much-talked-about departure from church might lead those of us over 30 to conclude that they have little interest in Jesus. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Unfortunately, their spiritual coming of age has coincided ...

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What About Eve?


Aug 29 2013
Somebody’s missing from much of our study of original sin.
What About Eve?
Snappa2006 / Flickr

As a young Christian woman involved in a research project on the doctrine of original sin, I noticed something was missing. Well, someone.

Eve.

For all the intense theological speculation about the first man that the early Christian church engaged in so ...

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Jesus Loves Miley Cyrus


Aug 28 2013
Everyone’s shocked and offended over her VMA performance. As Christians, we can offer another response.
Jesus Loves Miley Cyrus
Charles Sykes / Invision / AP

What's left to say about Miley?

The former tween star's already-notorious performance at Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards has everyone freaking out, about the vulgarity, about the sexism, about the racism – not to mention the problematic ...

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The Women Who Sang Out for Civil Rights


Aug 28 2013
The heroines of the movement followed a call to “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”
The Women Who Sang Out for Civil Rights
Library of Congress / Prints & Photographs Division

When Martin Luther King Jr. had those rough patches, those days and nights when he felt worn down by struggles and soul-beatings, he used to call Mahalia Jackson, a gospel singer and close friend. King wanted her to sing some soul-lifting melodies to see him ...

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Why Do We Love to Hate Taylor Swift?


Aug 27 2013
Sweet or sexualized, young female celebrities get subjected to constant criticism.
Why Do We Love to Hate Taylor Swift?
Eva Rinaldi / Flickr

If you're Taylor Swift, you get criticized for just about anything. There was plenty of ridiculousness to complain about during the recent MTV VMAs, but along with love for Justin Timberlake and confusion over Miley Cyrus, viewers insisted: We saw too much ...

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Feeding the Pregorexia Epidemic


Aug 26 2013
Our unhealthy expectations for new moms… and ourselves.
Feeding the Pregorexia Epidemic
Joe Green / Flickr

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While it's not an officially recognized diagnosis, "the behavior associated with pregorexia is real and could harm a baby's health," says Roger Harms, a doctor at the Mayo Clinic. He notes that while gaining too much weight during pregnancy ...

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The Transformative Heart of 'What Not To Wear'


Aug 24 2013
The long-running TLC series is much more than a makeover show.
The Transformative Heart of 'What Not To Wear'
Courtesy of TLC

I hear voices in my head if I'm tempted to run to the grocery store to pick up a couple of things dressed in my work-at-home uniform of an oversized T-shirt, sweats and well-worn Birkenstocks. Those voices say things like, "Why are you going out in ...

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Called to Love the Whore


Aug 22 2013
The church needs grace, too.
Called to Love the Whore
David Sorich / Flickr

I've talked to a lot of young (and not so young) Christians about their disappointment in the church. Many have been hurt by the church. Many more hurt for others who have borne the brunt of the church's injustices and failures.

Some of those I've ...

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To Christian Women Under 40: We're Sorry


Aug 21 2013
It’s time for women of faith to make amends.
To Christian Women Under 40: We're Sorry
Justin Skinner / iStock

I've watched one young woman after another pour out her heart, expressing deep emotion about the messages they heard from other generations:

"You feel un-relatable to me and not transparent." "I feel like my mom is under a sworn oath ...
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Hey Lady, Etiquette is In Again


Aug 20 2013
A new age of minding our manners.
Hey Lady, Etiquette is In Again
Katie Bordner / Flickr

Feminists of the '60s and '70s rejected the term lady because it reflected "the marginality and powerlessness of women." When they rejected the word, they rejected the behavior as well, and the attitude, the manners, and the style of dress ...

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I Won't Be My Baby's Only Mother


Aug 19 2013
Othermothers, not-so-attachment parenting, and a vision for shared childrearing.
I Won't Be My Baby's Only Mother
Parker Knight / Flickr

At six months pregnant, I am the only lifeline for little one growing within me. Firmly attached, Baby derives everything it needs right now from me.

But once my first child is born, I will no longer be its sole source of love, security, and comfort. I will ...

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